Whip Cutting Sale

The 2020 Whip Sale has concluded. If you ordered this year, see pick up dates below.  Please check back next year for the 2021 Sale!

The Shenandoah Valley SWCD has three species of plant materials available for stream bank restoration projects.  Available species include: Red Osier Dogwood, Bankers Dwarf Willow and Streamco Willow.  (Cuttings-Species Information Sheet)

What are Whips Used For?

Planting cuttings along an unvegetated stream bank is a great bio-engineering practice that can help stabilize an eroding stream bank.  It also helps promote a healthier terrestrial and aquatic habitat than traditional stream bank restoration measures.  For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring (early March to early April).

The two willow species will grow to between 10-15 feet tall and the red osier dogwoods will grow to between 3-10 feet tall.  When it floods ,  the cuttings  lie down allowing  the water to flow over-top, while their roots help anchor soil and protect the stream bank.  Cuttings are provided as long whips that are approximately 2-5 feet long.  You will need to prepare the cuttings for planting by cutting the whip (long piece) into smaller plantable stakes.  Note that one whip will yield approximately 3 plantable stakes. (Streambank Cuttings-How to Prepare and Plant Fact Sheet)

Purchasing Information

The costs will be $15.00 for 50  whips of Streamco Willow or Bankers Dwarf Willow (approximately 150 stakes) and $15.00 for 25 Red Osier Dogwood whips (approximately 75 stakes).

Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted! Checks should be made out to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Please include a note in the memo referencing cuttings or whips.

Red Osier Dogwoods are limited in stock.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list for this species, please contact Chelsea Trice at chelsea.trice@svswcd.org with your order.  She will contact you regarding availability.

Place Your Order Here!

For more information contact the District at (540) 534-3055.  Order Deadline: February 16th, 2020.

Pick Up Information


Whips will be available for pick up from the Shenandoah Valley SWCD office at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B in Harrisonburg beginning February 21st, 2020. 

You will need to bring a bucket, container or some type of bag to put your plant materials in. 

Note: The whips should be kept cool and damp until they are planted.